If it wasn’t clear last year, it was definitely the case for formnext 2019 as it firmly established itself as the go-to-show for all things additive manufacturing. With over 800 exhibitors from around the world, visitors had the perfect platform to get an idea of the latest in AM and applications, make deals, and network all under one roof.
With the massive scale of the exhibition, it was impossible to cover everything on the floor in just a few days but it was evident that the market is now gearing more towards materials, applications, post-processing, and others over the machines themselves. Read on for our curated highlights:
Applications Galore | New Advanced J850 and materials
There was a notable focus from Stratasys this year in focusing on applications as they unveiled 3D printing on leather and textures for the apparel industry, Railway Industry Solution to help train manufacturers, automotive parts, and many more.
To help accelerate the design process and improve quality, Stratasys unveiled its new J850 PolyJet 3D Printer which is remarkedly improved over its predecessor and helps to produce even more realistic prototypes.
Desktop Metal unveils new 3D printing solutions
Known for their office-friendly Studio System and the Production System for mass production, Desktop Metal took the opportunity to unveil new solutions at this year’s formnext to broaden their portfolio.
The brand introduced Fiber, the world’s first desktop 3D printer that can fabricate high-resolution parts with industrial-grade continuous fiber composite materials. Fiber comes in two printer models (Fiber HT @ $5,495 yearly | Fiber LT @ $3,495 yearly) and only via subscription with a minimum three-year commitment plan.
In addition, Desktop Metal also unveiled the world’s first metal binder jetting system – Shop System, that was designed for machine shops and metal job shops at an affordable price point. Available from Fall 2020.
DWS introduces new PU material
The company has forged a strategic partnership with global chemical company, Huntsman, in releasing a radiation cured, one-component polyurethane (PU) resin.
Delivering the right combination of elasticity and strength, footwear components, sports equipment, and other products that need to look and feel like rubber can be made coupled with excellent resolution, high-quality surfaces.
Learn more at https://bit.ly/37wehfY.
From Lab to Mass Production
3DCeram introduced new printers – C100 EASY and C3600 ULTIMATE. The smaller C100 is billed as a user-friendly ceramic 3D printer with a 100 mm x 100 mm x 150 mm build volume and targeted for universities and R&D centers.
The C3600 was specially designed for the mass production of large-scale ceramic parts for use in advanced applications such as aerospace, defense, automotive and biomedical.
Parts that were printed with the new printers were also on display to show their capabilities.
XJET focuses on production
XJET announced the signing of a new customer, Israeli based business – Tuvia Sharon, which will beta test the new alumina material alongside an unnamed customer in the USA, and help bring about exciting new applications to the fore.
Also, on display at their biggest stand to-date was earpieces made with their zirconia material, and was confirmed by XJET that their customer was producing 2,500 units of this end-use part.
Dry Electropolishing for Mass Finishing
GPA Innova showcased its new mass finishing system using DLyte dry electropolishing technology, the PRO 5000, which is billed as the most advanced, powerful and versatile surface finishing machine on the market.
Desktop industrial 3D printing at an affordable price point
Creatz3D inked an agreement with MakerBot to secure distributorship for METHOD X in Singapore and Vietnam. The FDM desktop manufacturing workstation comes with a 100°C circulating heated chamber and an affordable price point, which makes it ideal for those looking for something in between industrial and hobbyist machines.
The next edition of formnext will take place from 10 – 13 November next year (2020).